Benjamin Wayne Blackburn, 51, of Portland, Ore., passed away March 26, 2013, due to complications of diabetes. He was born in Hood River, Ore., on Sept. 26, 1961, and graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 1979.
Ben was an Eagle Scout. He had a long career as a mechanic and auto parts manager and earned his journeyman mechanic license in 1983. In the early 1980s, he worked as a mechanic at Central Sales in Hood River alongside his father, Keith Blackburn Sr.
Ben was preceded in death by his father and is survived by his mother, Ruth Blackburn, of Hood River; a brother, Keith Jr.; two sisters, Kaylene and Ronita; and 10 nieces and nephews.
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